Torc Mountain Walk
Torc Mountain Walk
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Diane C
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful hike on the yellow (moderate) trail. From the highest parking lot our loop took us down to the lake and up to the waterfall on the way back. The hundreds of steps back up the mountain were a little challenging for me but I was so glad we did the hike! A wonderful day! One of my favorite days in Ireland.
Written October 31, 2023
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AusTraveller15
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
We made the trek to Torc Mountain. It took us 20 mins of following the wrong trail before we realised we were headed in the wrong direction (down hill). Here are the directions as we found it difficult to find as there are no signs whatsoever:

- drive towards Muckross House away from Killarney.

- approx 200m after the main turn off to Muckross House take a left on to a gravel road. The sign post said “Old Kenmare Road”. Note your GPS may send you to a turn off which is about 1km short of the main entry to Muckross House. It must happen a lot because there is a sign saying the GPS wrong.

- drive approx 1.5km up the gravel road until you can go no further (there is a barricade). There are 2 Carparks. Park in the 2nd car park (upper Carpark)which is just near the barricade.

- continue walking on the gravel path/ road past the barricade following the gravel path/ road.

- don’t be distracted by the sign posted walks (blue, red and yellow). There are no signs for the Torc Mountain walk.

- after 5-10 mins the road veers to the right and you will go over a bridge.

- just after the bridge the road forks. Take the right fork with no signs). You’ll be starting to head upwards. If you turn left there are signs for the red, blue and yellow tracks.

- keep following the gravel road for about 20mins until you see a blue sign which says “Torc Mountain footpath. Please keep to pathway to prevent erosion”.

- from here the walk starts to become quite strenuous and steep. Depending on how fast and fit you are it will take anywhere between 30-60 mins to make it up to the top.

Even if you don’t go all the way to the top of Torc Mountain the walk up to the blue sign is easy and gorgeous. If you can make it to the top it is worth it!

Please feel free to add any other tips you found to make finding this place easier.
Written September 14, 2018
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Jersey_Ocean
Belfast, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I found the walk in our Killarney walking guide (Scenic Walks in Killarney by Jim Ryan - it has 18 local walks in and if you love walking an absolute must) and luckily it had clear directions in there. We started on the Upper Car Park (Signposted Old Kenmare Road) instead of the Lower Car Park (Torc Waterfall) which is 2 km less than from Torc Waterfall.

Directions from Upper Car Park (Old Kenmare Road):
Walk out of the car park and turn left, follow the path until you cross the bridge. At the Cross Road turn left again and keep walking until you come to another Y-Junction (see picture 2 with the arrow). Follow up there and you will only have the one way up - you can't get lost from here.

Directions from Lower Car Park (Torc Waterfall)
Walk to the Waterfall and then follow the steep stone steps on the left (you will have Torc on your right). Follow the steps and you will come to a junction (below you will see a bridge). Ignoring the path to the bridge, you will come to the Old Killarney to Kenmare Road (part of the Kerry Way). Keep walking until you will have a car park on your left hand side (Upper Car Park), follow the path until you cross the bridge. At the Cross Road turn left again and keep walking until you come to another Y-Junction (see picture 2 with the arrow). Follow up there and you will only have the one way up - you can't get lost from here.

Depending on how fast you walk, it will take you between 2 - 3 hours return. Ensure to bring sturdy boots as the top is very uneven as well as a coat that protects you from the strong wind and rain at the top. It was blowing a gale when I got up there.
Written December 29, 2017
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Evunka
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
You can climb the Torc Mountain by starting at the lower car park.The walk is not very well sign though.There is an old map/sign in the car park showing 3 level coloured walks.Unfortunately none of them lead you directly to the summit.The easiest way to get there is to take steps up from the Torc Waterfall till you see the sign "Old Kenmare Road Walk".Turn left then.Follow this road a while approx 15 -20 min- passing a second upper car park. The start of the path to the Torc Mountain will be on your right hand side where the small,blue sign is.The hike itself is easy enough and takes up to 1 hour.The path to the top is accessible to almost anyone due to clear paths and wooden sleepers on the mountain.The views from the top is magnificent. It s a bit bizzare that there is no clear sign at the lower car park how exactely get to the summit especially that someone really made an effort and hard work to built the wooden paths.So I think it should be clearly marked at the start how to get there...
We as a group were confused and had to ask people for directions to the summit.
Firstly we took red trail as we though it will take us to the top.In fact you are climbing the Southern side of Torc Mountain not reaching the top. The way up has steepy steps and it s difficult enough.There is a rope there too to give you some support.It helped us a lot. The way up is called cardiac hill/steps as it involes a lot of huffing and puffing..it might be challening for some.This route brings you back to waterfalls.
If you are planning to go to the Mountain make sure you have comfortable shoes,raincoat and ..anti midge's spray..once you stop walking they are all over you ..
Overall is it spectacular and rewarding trip..I have no doubt I will be back there...
Written August 28, 2016
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Tania D
190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
Started off in the morning packed with water to drink ,good walking boots ,and a good rain coat ,something to eat and a few just incase supplies! The walk can start in two places Torc waterfall car park ,walking past Torc waterfall then up the steep steps to the upper carpark ,which is where we started from ,it takes about 2 hours to the summit and 2 hours back to the top carpark , the walk is moderately hard with stunning views looking over Killarney lakes and the surrounding national park, it's best to take your time taking it slow and steady this way you can take in the magnificent views,it is not suitable for wheelchairs as the path is narrow in most places and requires you to climb up a Stoney path in places or planks of wood! Once we reached the top all our hard work was rewarded , out came our sandwiches and drinks , couldn't think of a better way to spend a quiet Sunday !
Written August 15, 2016
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exit75
Lelystad, The Netherlands31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Solo
Walked up Torc mountain today. Rented a bike to cycle to the waterfall. Parked and locked bike there and then went up the steep steps. I am no fit person at all and these steps did challenge me. But it got a lot more flat right after. Walked on the old Kenmare road. I brought a simple map with me but didn't need it. Though there is no sign to be found that says "road to top of Torc mountain here'. But the old Kenmare road winded on into another direction and I decided a climb was needed to get to the top. It is by no means an easy walk, especially when you're not fit person. The boards made it easier, but the stones were a challenge at times because it had rained a lot before. The views when you're going up are breathtaking. A lot of times you think you're near the top, only to be fooled. When you do get to the top, it is beautiful! It was really windy today, so really cold up there, but at least it was sunny and you could see for miles and miles. The climb downhill isn't easy either, due to slippery stones.

All in all a long walk and great exercise. Just don't think you'll 'just' do it, especially when unfit. You can do it, but at times you wish you never had.
Written July 27, 2012
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Random Traveler
London, UK267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
A truly lovely walk to the top of Torc Mountain. Fairly gradual ascent along wooden planks and rocky paths, with beautiful views of the Kerry mountains and lakes all around. The view from the top is spectacular you can see Killarney and the surrounding mountains and lakes. We were very lucky to have a clear day.
It takes about 2-3 hours from the car park on the old Kenmare Road. You should wear walking boots or shoes and be prepared for bad weather.
Written March 31, 2018
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kab56
Tralee, Ireland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Torc mountain is ideal for all types of hikers. The trail is mostly boardwalk and easy to follow. The views are great. It takes about 2 and a half hours for reasonably fit people and is a great introduction to what hill walking caan offer.
Written January 22, 2018
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TravelMonkiesDT
Cork Ireland161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
O.K.- so we, like many others before us, commented on the poor directions to get to Torc Mountain. We began at Muckross House and walked to Torc waterfall and began the climb up the steps by the waterfall. You will come to sign posts (see photo 1) which I have uploaded. Turn LEFT here. You will shortly see the upper car park in front of you so turn RIGHT and you will then see a wooden sign post with a yellow hillwalker on it (see photo 2) follow this direction (LEFT). You will then see a barrier which you can walk around (see photo 3). Torc Mt will be on your RHS (the other track that is laid out in front of you is the trail to Mangerton Mt.) The remaining photos are of the views. The walk up the mountain is quite easy, just monotonous as you're focused on your footing (made up of flat rocks and wooden sleepers covered in chicken wire for gripping). Bring food to refuel at the summit. If its damp be very careful on the way up but especially on the way down. On the way back you could follow the Blue Man sign (photo 2.) for a bit of variety but ultimately you will finish back at Torc waterfall. At your service D&T.
Written August 6, 2017
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John Daunt 🇮🇪
Cork, Ireland404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Torc Mountain is a relatively easy hike as the majority of the trail up the mountain is sleeper logs coated in wire mesh. It should take the average hiker no more than 45 minutes to reach the summit. Drive out from Killarney Town past Muckross House and turn off left onto the 'old kenmare road' a narrow track leading up to a car park. Walk up through the woods until you emerge on a wilderness trail. You will notice a marker about 150m after leaving the woods. It is the only path up the mountain and takes you directly to the summit (no need for your compass) :)
At the summit there are incredible 360 views. Well worth the effort. Tip: take care in wet weather as the sleepers do get slippy!
Written March 22, 2016
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